Well, you see, Max, this is my main problem with the whole thing.
There is, as you just pointed out, absolutely no indication
in "The Tholian Web" that Defiant
was moving backward in time. If
she was moving in any temporal direction, it would have to have been forward
, because Kirk's air supply (and I don't mean the Muzak in his spacesuit
) lasted quite a bit longer than it should have. (As a sidebar here, various non-canon sources, in particular the old FASA boardgame, took this to mean that time worked differently in whatever dimension the Defiant
was crossing into, and postulated that the Excelsior's "transwarp" drive was actually a way to move a ship into that dimension rather than into subspace, to achieve faster speeds since time ran slower, or some damn thing.
This is symptomatic of Manny Coto's run as showrunner on Enterprise, though--he's become almost obsessed with cramming as many references to other shows as possible into his episodes, and (IMO, anyway) he's gone over the line. Earlier in the year, I noticed this problem in the "Augment" arc, when he had Dr. Soong set course for Klach'd'kel Bracht (where DS9 mentioned that Kor once fought an epic battle against the Romulans). A nice little reference, except that he immediately went on to add that Earth called it "The Briar Patch." Why? What does that add? There was no indication in "Insurrection" that the Briar Patch was anywhere near Klingon or Romulan space. One or the other is fine (although Klach'd'kel Bracht is the better reference, considering that they were in Klingon territory already), but together they just don't add up. Ditto for the Defiant
/Mirror Universe combo--you want to do a Mirror Universe story, Manny? Fine, go ahead, whatever. I personally think that DS9 overdid the hell
out of the MU, but whatever. You want to f**k up your show with more useless time travel by bringing the Defiant
back? Again: fine, go ahead, whatever. Probably half of the entire population of Trek fans think that time travel has been overused, but whatever. But do you have
to have both?
Even dropping the time travel part for a minute, do we really
way into the Mirror Universe? We already had at least 3: transporting during an ion storm, runabout engine malfunctions in wormholes, and modified transporters that seemed to let people cross-over at will. Now we can add the "interphase" phenomenon as well. Great. How many more ways are there, anyway? If I turn right instead of left on my way to work tomorrow, will I wind up in the mirror universe? I already have a goatee--does that mean I'm the evil me, and in the Mirror Universe I'll be the good me, like Cartman was in that one South Park episode?